Why Don't You…? (November 2001)
A celebration of Diana Vreeland – one of the world’s greatest fashion iconoclasts – and her spectacular advice for stylish living, from interior design to accessorising.
Published by Universe/Rizzoli, her unique ideas redefined attitudes about day-to day life and style and for anyone in need of a "pick-me-up", she offered unequaled aphoristic advice.
At the time of the book launch, London was still reeling from the effects of 9/11 in Manhattan, so this witty book provided a welcome tonic. Bringing some festive cheer, the space was imbued with a rosy-red glow, complete with crimson baubled Christmas tree supplied by Nikki Tibbles’ Wild at Heart, set against a collage of pages taken from the book, positioned in the shape of a large question mark.
Approximately 120 guests attended, including celebrity decorator/party man-about-town, Nicholas Haslam (who covered the book/party in The Spectator and his columns in Hello! and the Evening Standard magazine), shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, fashion editor Hilary Alexander, interior designer Martin Brudnizki, celebrity fashion stylist Alan Greenhalgh, Leo Fenwick (from the department store family) and actor Patsy Kensit, plus journalists from publications including Wallpaper*, InStyle, Elle and The Daily Telegraph.